Sustainability progress at COP22

In our last blog we focussed on the importance of the continuing conversation on sustainability - essentially, how should society continue to bring the outcomes of Paris to light through discussion and action. Yet, in November, the COP22 conference in Marrakech passed by with merely a whisper from international media.

It is disheartening that following the successful profile raising of the UN Sustainable Development Goals throughout 2016, and not least COP21 in Paris, there is little reason why the Morocco conference should not have attracted a similar level of attention – the turbulence of the US Presidential Election, clearly played a part, so we thought it would be useful to summarise some of our most promising observations from Marrakech.


The conference mainly covered issues which needed further clarification beyond Paris. This was a key step in ensuring that we have the infrastructure to follow-through with the achievements in France. However, it was perhaps away from the negotiating table where the more landmark events took place.

Taking action

A key part of the drive towards a society which is willing to change, is a will to take action. At COP22, 47 of the world’s poorest countries, committed to generating 100% of their energy from renewable sources, as soon as possible. Many of these countries are part of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, which now has real momentum to lead the way in climate change mitigation and impact reduction. Each country’s commitment to full renewable energy use before 2020, will hopefully show more developed nations how these monumental targets can be achieved and also demonstrate the benefits of a quicker shift to a renewable energy infrastructure.

Decarbonisation platform

In Marrakech, the 2050 pathways platform was launched to support countries developing long term decarbonisation strategies. The platform is also a collective hub for countries, cities and companies to discuss low emissions planning together in a collaborative format. So far, countries such as the UK, USA and New Zealand have signed up, alongside cities from London to Vancouver and Copenhagen. 196 companies have also signed up to the pathways platform, including BT and RELX.  

Adaptation funding

A final key win for the conference was the pledge of over $81 million to the UNFFC Adaption Fund, which finances projects and programmes to help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. This year’s pledge surpassed the target for 2016, for the fund which was established under the Kyoto Protocol almost twenty years ago.

It is clear that we need to highlight the continual progresses made within sustainability. As a management consultancy, we are in a great position to do this. In 2016, we looked to engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals, reflected on sustainability in business and most recently, gave our thoughts on the Natural Partners conference at London Zoo.  In 2017 we will be focusing on the role of consulting in furthering the sustainability agenda, so  keep an eye out for more on our initiatives through the year. 


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